As We Commemorate the Beginning of the Last Just War…

Feast of St. Ambrose

I am reminded of the things the digital age will completely miss when looking back at their history: revisions to speeches such as this one by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

From the National Archives, FDR’s draft of the  speech to Congress following Pearl Harbor.

From that simple draft, we see a mind at work. Thoughts being expressed, and built upon. A message being formed, reformed, and transformed. Words as vibrant and important symbols.

And though revisions can be tracked today, not much can be gleaned from stuff like this,

6 December, 2012 @ 11:42 by Frank Weathers
6 December, 2012 @ 11:36 by Frank Weathers
6 December, 2012 @ 11:35 by Frank Weathers
6 December, 2012 @ 11:35 by Frank Weathers

Thank God for archives. St. Lawrence, pray for us.

  • Winefred

    This is a very interesting document which speaks for itself. Too bad you had to taint its presentation by placing it under the headline “the last just war”. You are, of course, entitled to your opinion on that subject, but it is by no means an uncontested claim, with many a well-informed and thoughtful commentator vehemently disagreeing with this particular characterization of WWII. Acknowledgement that there is a divergence of respectable opinion about the wars of the last 60 years in relation to Just War Theory would be a welcome whiff of humility.

    • Frank Weathers

      I stand by what I say in the title. It is, undisputedly, our country’s last declared war. I’m with one of my favorite Marines when it comes to this subject.

      Semper Fidelis

      • Winefred

        Well, the world is full of Marines of all stripes (at least one of, Cong. John Murtha, lined his own pockets and those of his famiy with defense contracts). But since your favorite died in 1940 he’s probably not one’s best reference for judging the wars of the latter 20th and early 21st centuries. I have my own favorite Marine: my son. These matters are neither merely historical nor theoretical to me. I know there are massive weaknesses these days within higher command of the military in general. But whether wars are profitable for industries from munitions to prostitution is not necessarily a deciding factor as to whether they are just. I’ll see your Semper Fi and raise you and ooh-rah.

        • Frank Weathers

          And for this weekend, this Marine says: Go Navy, Beat Army!

  • thule222

    Remember though, Hitler loved to negotiate. He was always willing to negotiate and seek peaceful resolutions. That’s the problem with the Just War crowd. He had your number cold. The Axis powers continually offered armistices and peace negotiations. War began when the Western powers left the negotiating table. The war against Hitler was a war against an opponent who was completely willing to suspend hostilites and resume negotiations at any time.